There's an old saying that goes, "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but tell him about periodization, and confuse him for the rest of his life."
Hey, wanna tick a lot of people off? Want to start a flame war, a heated academic discussion, or just a good old-fashioned penis-waving contest? Then come out publicly and say that total body training is better than body part split training.
That's me, except it's not a van and it's not down by the river. But yeah, I basically live in my car. You see, I'm a trainer who goes to people's houses all day long to work them out, so instead of having an office as my home base, my car is my home base.
The strength and conditioning field is like no other. Coaches have bitter enemies and die-hard devotees – and sometimes a person will qualify as both depending on the day of the week. There are insane egos and there are humble, incredibly bright coaches who go unnoticed. Finally, there are a lot of coaches who people really don't get.
Ever notice how two supposedly inviolate principles of resistance training are basically contradictory?
When it comes to building muscle or performing at your peak athletically, nutrition is 50% of the equation. Or is it 75%? Maybe 90%? Whatever. It's, like, really important, okay?
They're both assets to my training programs. Indeed, I've used kettlebells for years with success. And Pavel? He's a good guy. I definitely consider him a friend and a juggernaut in the strength and conditioning community.
Christian, I really want to improve my biceps development. Do you think that supersets are a good training method to use for that purpose?
Steve was about to begin a big bulking phase and wanted some advice. He had read the original Big Bulking Tips article and applied many of the ideas with great success, putting on 15 pounds in a little over two months.
Got 20 minutes? Then you have time for a great workout. Follow these guidelines.
These twelve tips, compiled by ex-con Jay Mullins, will help Cy (or you, if you find yourself in a similar situation) make the best of his time in the Big House.
In Part 2, we'll discuss muscles of the torso and lower extremity, along with my tips to help you write better, more balanced training programs.
Okay, tough guy, so you want to write your own training programs, eh? You think you've got what it takes?
Chapter Three: Whole Grains
This isn't my usual type of article. Rather than launch into a specific training program, TC's given me this opportunity to launch into an Alwyn Cosgrove rant. A brief warning for the timid, however: I am the king of the politically incorrect.
As most T-Mag readers know, John Berardi's been around the block so many times, he makes the mailman look like a slacker. A nutrition consultant to everyone from hockey players to soccer moms, when this guy talks sports nutrition - you'd better listen. Need more convincing?
They say fitness has to become a lifestyle. True, but how do you do that exactly? Try this.
The fitness magazines are full of them. The bodybuilding rags are full of them. Even T-Nation is full of them: articles about how to lose fat and discover your abs. What's missing? Simple: Info on how to stay that way once you've reached your goal.
What happens when a regular guy takes a powerful T booster? Check it out.
We'll take a look at ourselves, Homo sapiens sapiens, and try to flesh-out some meaningful insights about evolution, brains, brawn, fat, and disease.
Six things you can learn from bodybuilders, even if your goal is to just get strong on three lifts.
To reach the modern physique ideal, you'll need muscle mass, strength, power, endurance, speed, and flexibility. This program has it all.
Add a few of these unique exercises to your training program to liven up your next workout.
What can bodybuilders learn from powerlifters? A lot actually. Here are 6 examples.